Caution with lotions and potions

Posted on: Fri, 07/12/2002 - 11:40pm
SharonA's picture
Joined: 11/16/2000 - 09:00

pHi Everybodybr /
I have not posted in a long time but have kept up with the news and reviews......something happened to me last night that prompted me to write today.....although it has been mentioned before many non-food products contain nut and peanut oils /
Yesterday while shopping for a body lotion, I saw a "Melon and Cucumber" lotion.....the smell was great so I tried some on my hand and was about to buy it when I noticed that my hand had a red blotch and was itching......When I read the back it also contained almonds!!!! Now I don't normally try a product without reading ingredients but MELON AND CUCUMBER with ALMONDS!!!!???? I guess I assumed that it would be safe and my assumtion was wrong.......the pharmacist allowed me in the back to clean my hands ONLY because he saw my epipen hanging from my bag......please be careful....../p
pstay stay safebr /

Posted on: Sat, 07/13/2002 - 12:26am
DRobbins's picture
Joined: 07/19/2001 - 09:00

This has happened to me, too. I had a bottle of handlotion (peach scented) that I'd bought from one of the mall bath shops (possible the Body Shop, but I don't remember for sure at this point) when I was pregnant with my second son.
I took it out a couple of months ago and was about to use it when I checked the label for some reason, and one of the ingredients was macadamia nut oil, which my older son is allergic to. I was *so* glad I'd read the label before I used it that day.
Now I'm wondering if that's why son #1 is allergic to macadamias. Did I have that lotion on my hands frequently enough that by touching him when he was a toddler I sensitized him to macadamias? I guess I'll never know.
Obviously, now I know I have to read ingredient labels on soaps, shampoos and lotions. I'm just glad that Body Shop (or whoever the manufacturer really was) explicitly listed the nut oil on the label, rather than hiding it like some other companies do.

Posted on: Wed, 08/21/2002 - 3:40pm
Kim canada's picture
Joined: 03/25/2002 - 09:00

I had a reaction to cream containing almond oil. What do you use that you know is safe?

Posted on: Thu, 08/22/2002 - 12:10am
lsmom's picture
Joined: 07/05/2002 - 09:00

As always, the best protection is to read the label on every product each time you buy it. Almond oil (also known as prunus amygdalus oil) is becoming increasingly common in lotions, hand soaps, shampoos, hair coloring, and now even one brand of dishwashing liquid. For example, Dove recently changed the formulation of their soap for sensative skin to include almond oil.
That said, there are many brands of hand lotion that do not contain almond oil. We have been using vaseline intensive care with no problem.
A search on [url=""][/url] for "alomond oil," brought up the following moisterizing and skin care products to stay away from:
Cetaphil (several different products)
Nelsons Calendula Cream
CVS moisterizing Cream, Sensitive Skin Formula
LA Express Indoor Dark Tanning Lotion

Posted on: Thu, 08/22/2002 - 1:33am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Check your Cetaphil lotion labels. Awhile back they had added macadamia oil to their lotion. Boy, was I PO'd. I haven't even bothered to check it in awhile.

Posted on: Thu, 08/22/2002 - 11:33pm
dakota3030's picture
Joined: 09/10/2000 - 09:00

I had a very bad reaction to Nivea cream. Little did I know that it contained Macadamia Nut Oil. I now us Oil of Olay without a problem [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 08/23/2002 - 7:11am
AJSMAMA's picture
Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

My son had a reaction to a lotion I was wearing. It was called green leaf clover from Bath and Body Works. It had almond oil. That was back before we knew about the tree nut allergy. It took me a week to figure out why he was getting red splotches on his face all the time. (he was nursing-so whatever part of his face touched me broke out) I am very careful now. I definitely think this was worth bringing up again. You honestly do not think about these things when you are first learning about the allergy(ies).
Jaime =)

Posted on: Fri, 08/23/2002 - 2:57pm
ks65's picture
Joined: 03/06/2002 - 09:00

Interestingly enough, I too noticed that Cetaphil Lotion had the macademia nut oil in it. I had been using it on my PA daugther...luckily no reaction. I use the Cetaphil Cleanser (well, I used to use it) on my far as I know that was "safe"...

Posted on: Sat, 08/24/2002 - 1:31am
cathlina's picture
Joined: 06/29/2001 - 09:00

I was on a business trip in Chicago about 10 years ago. I used the soap that the hotel had supplied. My face started burning.
I assumed there was almond oil in the soap.
Don't use soaps in hotels...bring your own.

Posted on: Thu, 08/21/2003 - 2:18am
goober_hater's picture
Joined: 08/21/2003 - 09:00

oh that sucks! i was about to use this naturistics lip gloss stuff and i checked the label real quick, and there was a lot of nut ingredients! so be careful whenever u use make up!

Posted on: Tue, 09/02/2003 - 12:05am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Ugh. My almost 4yo dd is so interrested in lipsticks and sparkle lotions she sees some of the older children have. She was playing in a very food aware home(mom knows about her allergies and is careful and I live right across the street). Comes home with glitter(a makeup thing of some kind) all over her face.
Then, my S-I-L takes her to wash her hands from some little(invisible, honestly) cactus prickles she got in her home, and puts sparkle lotion(her dd's) on it to "make her feel better." S-I-L would have been livid if someone put makeup on her 4yo dd back in the day! She was so prtective of anything too grownup.
Ugh. Like a fancy cosmetic belongs on potentially broken skin, and what if it had nut oils??? It was too late in both cases and dd was fine, but I hate this whole new level of worry on playdates and visits. becca


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